Raised bed construction

Beginning in fall 2017, the big garden project was constructing vegetable boxes and installing them in a sloped, circular bed. The bed was overgrown with 7-ft tall fennel when we moved into the house earlier that year.

Boxes being built inside the garage...

And after completion, upside down and waiting to be dug into the ground in October 2017. Five-month old Kona, enjoying the process more than her owners...

After installing the raised beds and filling them with soil, we quickly realized fences would be necessary to stop the dogs from digging and sleeping in the boxes.

Fence prototype under construction. The panels slot into black PVC pipe pieces buried upright in the raised bed so the fence can be quickly moved for unrestricted access.

Initially, we covered the unused sections of the existing circular bed with mulch. That was a big mistake. With two large dogs running around, it was impossible to keep the mulch and graved from mixing. Completed boxes as of March 2018...

Vegetable garden in early May 2018...

Looking much neater in July 2018 after replacing the mulch with more gravel,

And a winter reality check today,
Sandy is hoping she can snag a collard leaf through the fence.

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